(Affiliate links used throughout this post.)
What do you need to get started coloring?
You don’t need much. Coloring for adults can be very inexpensive, but it’s easy to get caught up in thinking you must have all the premium supplies or tons of coloring books.
Not true at all.
In fact, you probably have what you need at home already.
Believe me, I get tempted by all the supplies too, but the extras certainly aren’t necessary to get started, and more importantly, to feel the many benefits of coloring.
How do I get coloring supplies? It’s as simple as:
- Borrowing your kid’s or grand kid’s supplies, such as crayons, markers, or colored pencils. (Even if you only have one red or green Sharpie in the house, you can get creative and make something artsy!) Try blending or creating texture with one Sharpie marker.
- Using any paper for coloring. Yes, ANY paper! If you have plain paper, fine, if not, no biggie! Just make use of what you have. (Newspaper, notebook paper, copy paper, a sketch pad, the back of wrapping paper, paper plates, the inside of a cereal box… I could go on, but you get the picture that ANY paper can be used.) 😊
- If you happen to have a few bucks, you can go to any dollar-type store and pick up some gel pens or other coloring tool and a coloring book, and be back home coloring in no time!
- There are also tons of creative coloring related websites that give away free samples of their coloring pages, if you sign up to their email list. I have two freebie samples available here, if you’d like to look.
Just remember the Golden Rule:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
What coloring activities can I do? Some ideas for you:
- Doodling or drawing something on a blank piece of paper and coloring it in.
- Using an envelope. It may sound silly, but occasionally you can find a cool design to color on the inside of a business envelope like the one shown on the right.
- Sketching your name in block or bubble letters and filling it with a design to color.
- Folding a plain piece paper into all kinds of sections and coloring inside each section. You can even doodle designs inside each section, then color. (See top left of this section. My finished example is at the very top of the post.)
- Coloring without lines. Just lay some color on a page in a free-style manner like the page you see on the bottom left.
The point is to get started!
Enjoy the fact that coloring’s here to stay and it doesn’t have to be expensive!
Just think of the KISS principle (Keep it simple, silly!), and begin feeling the value and benefits of coloring.
Here’s to getting started coloring!
P.S. Would you like a free sample coloring page?
Updated: July 2018